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Sale Beat Tattenhall and Rain

Sale Beat Tattenhall and Rain
Tattenhall 99 all out (47)
Sale 101-4 (19.2)
Sale Win by 6 wickets
 
Sale jumped up to fifth place in the Vivio Cheshire County Cricket League 1st XI Divison One, beating both bottom-placed Tattenhall and the weather on Saturday.
 
Electing to bowl first with rain around, Sale had opener Josh Harding caught at 1st slip off Tyrone Lawrence for just seven. Henry Dobson and Dylan Reeves then tried to consolidate, taking the score to 45 off 20 overs before Reeves was bowled by Ali Barrowman for a patient 13.
 
Without adding to the score Dobson called new batsman Koppack through for a single, but he was easily run out by Lawrence.
 
With a scoring rate under 2 an over Tattenhall had reached 52 when Dobson inexplicably hit the ball straight to Lawrence 29. Two quick wickets for Barrowman and one for Richard Adams reduced the home side to 54-7.
 
Captain Owen Williamson hit a brisk 26 to lift his team to 93, before he ballooned a high catch to Luke McCoy, the innings closing shortly after for 99 all out. Lawrence took the final wicket to finish with 3-15, well supported by Barrowman with 3-7.
 
With rain in the air, Sale’s openers Mat Spells (pictures above by George Franks) and Brooke Guest set about their task of scoring the runs required as quickly as possible, taking twenty-six runs off the first four overs.
 
With the score on 58 Spells was stumped for 33 (off just 35 balls). Guest and McCoy continued the scoring rate as two successive fours from Guest took him to 46, needing a boundary to seal both his fifty and the Sale win, he was bowled by Dobson

With the rain starting to get heavier McCoy went first ball of the next over to a juggling catch from Dobson, for 17. However Ian Dixon held his nerve pulling his fourth delivery for four to seal a six-wicket victory.  Within minutes of leaving the field large puddles started to form on the outfield meaning a resumption would have been doubtful.

The 2nd XI couldn’t force a win against bottom of the table Bramhall in a game reduced to 78 overs.  Sale declared on 152-6 off 35 overs, Joe Cannon (38), Siyan Siraj (34) and Abas Rizvi (30) leading the way.
 
With only one wicket left the visitors managed to hold on for a draw, reaching 100 off the remaining 43 overs, Siraj the leading bowler with 4-19.
 
The 3rd XI were well beaten by league leaders Didsbury on Sunday.  Sale batted first, reach 128-3.  Howard Briggs (45) and Ian Holland (38) the unbeaten batsmen.  Sale took 3 early wickets to reduce the visitors to 26-3, Shah Zeb claiming two of them, but lost only 1 more wicket as they reached their target with overs to spare.
 
The 4th XI were involved in a close game at Cheadle Hulme.  Sale reached 170-9 in pursuit of the hosts 184-4. Linesh Sorathia top scoring with 75 and taking 2 wickets, son Viraj adding a valuable 27.
 
Sale Silverbacks couldn’t beat the weather as their game at home to Bramhall was cancelled.
 
On Wednesday the Silverbacks welcome Cheadle. The 1st XI travel to Oulton Park on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI host Upton. On Sunday the 3rd XI welcome Cheadle and the 4th XI are at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
 
U11s 80-8 (20) lost to Alderley Edge 112-6 (20)
U10s 286 (20) v Brooklands 209 (14), match abandoned
U9 Badgers lost to Lindow
U9 Badgers lost to Bowdon
 
Alderley Edge won a crucial toss and elected to bat in another high scoring u11’s game. Three of the younger Sale players again bowled with great skill. Arjan Amdualapalli bowled a beautiful spell of away swing, conceding just 4 runs from his 2 overs. Dattu Vadakutta deservedly took his first wicket for u11’s following a probing spell, ably supported again by Ben Habershon. Strong hitting at the end of the innings took Alderley Edge to a very competitive total of nearly 6 runs per over.
 
In reply, Sale were always struggling to keep up with the target rate, despite useful contributions from Callum Ross (17), James Dodds (14) and Theo Brodbeck (13).
 
This was a very creditable team performance against one of the strongest opponents we are likely to face this season.
 
The u10s played a friendly match against Brooklands on a wet Thursday evening that provided an opportunity for many players that attend junior training to play a competitive game. Brooklands won the toss and put Sale into bat under a dark grey sky. It wasn't long before it began to drizzle with Sale making a good start through a solid opening partnership between Arnav and Arjun. James (u9) was next in playing in only his second hardball game. Some lovely shots saw James quickly race to 22 to set Sale on the way to a big score. Good contributions with the bat from Nathan, Herbie, Juan & Kit saw Sale post an impressive 286 from their 20 overs.
 
As the rain became heavier Sale took to the field bowling in what were now proving to be very difficult conditions. Despite this the team bowled and fielded superbly restricting Brooklands to just 209 after 14 overs. Herbie (u9) in his first hardball game impressing with 2 wickets for 8 runs in his spell that included a hat-trick chance after clean bowling consecutive batsmen. Also impressing with the ball were Juan, taking his first wicket, Arjun and Ruth. In total Sale took 11 Brooklands wickets 4 of which were run outs from some great pieces of fielding.
 
Alas, at this stage the rain was now hammering down and unfortunately the match was brought to a premature end. Some great cricket played though by the Sale team and a moral victory claimed!
 
On Friday 24th Sale Badgers hosted Lindow for another friendly. Captain Jaskaran won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings got off to a tricky start against some excellent bowling, until Brayden and Herbie added 29 in their partnership and a late onslaught from James and Aswin added 51 in the last 4 overs. In light drizzle the Badgers bowled well, taking wickets regularly through the Lindow innings. Taha and Jaskaran were the most economical bowlers, and despite two late wickets from Pranav, Lindow made their target in the final over of a thoroughly enjoyable game.
 
On Monday 27th the Badgers were away at Bowdon. Batting first, Sale’s innings featured every style of play: some exciting scampering between the wickets from Eddie and Tom Fenton, some assiduous blocking from Hector and Alex (who also hit a 4), then some muscular hitting from Pranav and Dylan (who top scored with 25 including four 4s and a 6) before the innings closed with William and Pranav (batting twice) the victims of some excellent fielding from Bowdon. The badgers fielded well in reply, achieving several run outs, but some tidy bowling went unrewarded due to complete lack of co-operation from the bails: they stubbornly refused to be dislodged although the ball twice struck the wicket, and once passed between the stumps. William was finally rewarded for bowling a good line and hit the top of off stump – at which point the bails decided to do the decent thing and fall to the ground where they belonged, but by then Bowdon had romped to victory.
 
Both under 9 Squirrels games were postponed this week due to rain.
 
Full scorecards can be found here.

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